Theft Prevention Tips

A simple guide to keeping your electric bicycle secure

The number one question we get is about how to keep your ebike safe. We are constantly hearing about brazen heists, so it's no wonder we're all so scared. The truth is that yes, indeed, bike theft is bad and it's getting worse. The good news is that it is extremely easy to prevent bike theft by investing in quality locks and taking common sense precautions. We'll go as far as to say it's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Buy Yourself a Good Lock - Expect to invest in a quality lock. A good lock takes time and power tools to break, so it's extremely unlikely that someone will angle grind their way through your lock in the middle of the day. Sparks flying everyway is a dead giveaway that something's not quite right.
  2. Invest in Pitlocks - We sell an innovative locking system that locks your components onto your bike by replacing your quick releases with locking skewers. You don't have to do anything to lock your parts: by default, the Pitlocks are locked, and you unlock them with a key on your keychain when you need to swap a tire or adjust your seat height. With Pitlocks attached, you don't have to worry.
  3. Lock Up in Your Garage - With a good lock and pitlocks, you can feel confident locking your bike around town. But what we forget is that our bikes are most vulnerable in our garages. When a thief is able to get in your garage, your unlocked bike becomes the perfect escape vehicle.

Besides these basic tips, here are a few other things to remember:

  1. Buy insurance. There are great options exist for ebike insurance from Velosurance.
  2. Register your bike so that if your bike goes missing, it is traceable. The City of San Francisco has a free bicycle registration system.
  3. Never lock with just a cable. Cables can be defeated by common hand tools.
  4. Lock up in public, not in a dark alley.
  5. Don't lock on the street overnight.
  6. Be careful to take extra precautions if you lock in the same visible place everyday - i.e. outside your work. Thieves will notice and hatch a plan.
  7. Public parking garages are required by law to provide free attended bike parking. Take advantage of it next time you're downtown.